Kenneth Earl “Kenny” Burrell was born July 31, 1931 in Detroit, MI and by 12 years old, started playing guitar (similar to yours truly who started playing at the age of 14). Little did he know that he would be this year’s Grammy Jazz Honoree.
I don’t know who is more excited, Kenny or me. He has certainly been my favorite jazz guitarist for as long as I remember. Kenny’s choice as this years honoree is quite a substantial one, in my mind. His discography alone proves his ability (and history) of being a superb sideman and solo musician in his own right. Between the years of 1956 and 2006, Mr. Burrell has excelled as a leader, co-leader and sideman releasing recordings with stellar musicians in the world of jazz. His last release, Kenny Burrell: 75th Birthday Bash Live! released in 2007 on the prestigious Blue Note label, not only has a historic playlist of wonderful jazz standards, but showcases prominent musicians such as Joey DeFracesco, Hubert Laws, Snooky Young, and the like. During that same year, he began his tenure as Director of Jazz Studies at UCLA.
He has recorded on well respected jazz labels including Prestige, Verve, Fantasy, and Concord Jazz.
Kenny Burrell posesses a unique style (and grace) if you will, defines the essence of jazz guitar. His playing easily brings to life the stellar arrangements of his great predecessors, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn and, in addition, has away of conveying the cool that IS jazz. If there was to ever be a true definition of “smooth jazz”, Mr. Burrell would undoubtedly be a defining factor. His remake of Neal Hefti’s classic song “Girl Talk” is one of my favorite tunes.
Mr. Burrell, if you are reading this, I came VERY close to being there this week to fulfill my dream of meeting you on Tuesday evening. Keep being the inspiration to jazz musicians and jazz lovers alike. I salute you in your accomplishments and in receiving this auspicious honor. There are many of your tracks that leave me “Just a Sittin’ and Rockin'”
Happy Independence Day weekend for those stateside. I hope it was and will continue to be safe. Welcome to this edition of The Sunday Soundtrack. I hope all is well with u.
This edition of the podcast brings an eclectic mix of ambient, electronica, latin vibes, and classic jazz onto the musical palette, so I hope that u can find a color to suit your mood. Per a recent conversation, I’ve got some Vikter Duplaix for one of my new listeners, Tiffany…I hope you enjoy the track. Jazz guitar great Kenny Burrell is on tap as well…that track goes out to fellow guitarist and Twitter buddy Ray Betts.
I’d like to take a moment to give thanks to all my listeners, globally and locally. I always appreciate the comments and encouragement in bringing this podcast to you on a regular basis. Props to my podcasting crew over there on the right, in my blogroll. They bring a style and finesse that oftern aspire to. Thanks for doin’ it big.
That being said, the playlist is as follows.
As Possible (feat. Baschin) – Chris Zippel/Genuine Horizon
Nowhere (Crazy P’s Heatwave Mix)/Aquanote Bare Essentials, Vol. 2
Around, Arrived – Chris Zippel/Genuine Horizon
Let Go – Kuba/Inside Out
The Number Readers – Subsurfing/Frozen Ants
Dentro De Cien Anos – The Metitxell Project/The Metitxell Project
Slight Accent – Ray Obiedo/Modern World
Another Great Love Gone By Featuring Esthero – Vikter Duplaix/Bold & Beautiful
Tenderly – Kenny Burrell/Lucky So And So
All the tunes above can be found on iTunes, and I am sure Amazon.com. The Sunday Soundtrack podcast is also available on iTunes.
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